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Director: Knut Erik Jensen     Starring: Jensen,Knut Erik
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40165348
UPC: 720229910064
UPC 14: 00720229910064
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Much as the Buena Vista Social Club revealed a rich and unexplored world of music and culture, Cool & Crazy does the same, focusing on a group of men who find purpose, companionship and even fame as members of the Berlevag Male Choir in Norway. From singing above precipitous cliffs during a raging snowstorm, to the backstage maneuverings of their Russian tour, Cool & Crazy revels in the spirit of these rugged men as they bare their souls through songs of faith and hope. The choir is composed of the unlikeliest of movie stars--a group of 30 fishermen, the youngest at age 30, the oldest in his 90s--from a little village n the northernmost coast of Europe on the banks of the Barent sea, which has a practically uninterrupted view of the North Pole. One of Norway's most experienced directors, Knut Erik Jensen, captures this otherworldly environment in a majestic and profound manner. He captures the lives of a group of stout-hearted men, facing the unforgiving onslaught of Arctic waves to earn their living, dressed for their "engagements" in navy suit jackets, black bow ties and white sailors caps. For some, this will be a film about men, for others it will be about love, or politics, or fish. Above all it is about the beauty and dignity of ordinary lives lived under extreme circumstances.

"Utterly disarming!  New York Post
"Passionate, hilarious and sometimes majestic!  The Guardian (London)
"Funny, moving and totally charming...a beautiful and extraordinary film.  Variety

Editor's Note
The Berlevag Male Choir are a group of men who sing songs of spirituality in and around their home country of Norway. This documentary introduces audiences to this unique singing group. It also follows the singers as they prepare for a Russian tour. This portrait of the choir highlights both the talent on display as well as the deep bond the performers have engaged in over the years.

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Video Mfg Name Studio: First Run Features
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/27/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 89 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2001
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: D910064D
Video UPC UPC: 00720229910064
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Norwegian
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Norwegian
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info The Berlevag Male Choir - Featuring

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...Jensen's delight in his subjects is palpable, and he evidently put them at their ease..." 02/01/2002 p.42-3

Total Film
"...[A] subtle, respectful film..." 03/01/2002 p.105

Entertainment Weekly
"...Cult status awaits this off-beat documentary, one of Norway's five biggest box office hits ever..." 05/03/2002 p.68

The New York Times 8 of 10
...In the film's final third, the chorus takes a bus through a neighboring region of Russia to a concert in Murmansk. As they pass through the miles of ruined landscapes and industrial detritus left by the failure of Communism, the men bemoan the damage inflicted on nature by the human race, speaking as if they were emissaries from an idyllic past that will never return. Cool & Crazy is consistently offbeat and entertaining; at such moments, it is also quite moving. - Dave Kehr

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Jensen,Knut Erik
Product attributeLabel:   First Run Feature
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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